Testing Colors 4

Cold Process Soap on the left and Melt & Pour Soap on the right.

Cold Process Soap on the left and Melt & Pour Soap on the right.

Last week, I showed my tests of the Ruby Lip Balm Color in Melt & Pour Soap as well as Cold Process Soap. After my test was over, I started to wonder what using some of the other colors would turn out to look like. Today, I’ll show you how the tests with the Blue Lip Balm Color turned out.

Melt & Pour Soap Notes:
I melted some Transparent Melt & Pour soap in a large glass beaker and then added some of the Blue Lip Balm Color to the melted soap. Considering my test with the Ruby Lip Balm Color and that it didn’t blend unless I used an immersion blender, I used an immersion blender at the very beginning of the test. I was extremely excited to discover the soap remained a bright vibrant blue.

Cold Process Soap Notes:
I added the Blue Lip Balm Color to the oils once they were melted and used an immersion blender to make sure there were no particles of color floating in the oils. At this point, the oils were a dark blue color, and then I added the lye mixture and used the immersion blender to mix. At first, the color started to turn a green color and then it changed to a murky brown color. The soap stayed at that murky brown color for a short time and I was so sad, but as soon as I had come to terms with the soap being brown, it changed color again to a burnt orange! The soap stayed at the burnt orange color until the soap had hit trace. I poured it into the mold and then allowed the soap to rest for 24 hours. Imagine my surprise when I came back after 24 hours to discover that the soap had turned a lovely purple! Wouldn’t you agree?

8 ounces weight Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
4 ounces weight Coconut Oil
4 ounces weight Olive Oil

2.2 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
6 fluid ounces cool water

Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 5 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 2 minutes
Adding color to melted oils: 1 minute
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 5 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 90 seconds
Pour into mold: 10 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours


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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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4 thoughts on “Testing Colors

  • Julie Marcil

    Wow! Those are nice colored soaps! I am always curious what I can add to my cold process soap, so it is nice to see the result of particular products. What color do to a cold process soap is not always obvious. Thanks for sharing.

    I was wondering how much colored oil do you use to color the cold process soap (i.e., color to oil weight ratio)?

    Julie ^_^

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  • Andee Post author


    I used about 4 drops of color from the profession size bottle. It has a tip that allows drops of color. You can use less color, I was testing with a dark starting color.

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